Article by Sports Editor, Lorenzo Serrato
For the first time in program history, the Aquinas Men’s and Women’s Swim team hosted their first meet, at nearby East Grand Rapids High School (Oct 2nd).
The Saints were matched against the Davenport Panthers and the Bethel Pilots, falling short in both matches, 162-33 against Davenport, and 145-53 to Bethel.
Freshman Luke Vandy was the highlight of the day, with a time of 58.82 in the 100 Yard Butterfly. Junior Braden Augustine was another Saint to have a nice day, placing fourth in the 100 Yard Freestyle with a time of 51.15.
For the Women’s squad, the Saints fell to both Davenport and Bethel, by scores of 183-33, and 133-89.
Mary Grace Doyle was the Saints top performer with a time of 1:02:51 in the 100 Yard Butterfly. This was good enough for a second place finish, and impressively just falling short of an NAIA national qualifying mark.
While the outcome of the event wasn’t what the Saints expected, the team continues to keep their heads held high. The newly acquainted Aquinas Swimming program will continues to make strides, led by head coach Kristy Kinzer and her staff.
Fans can catch the squads back in action Saturday, October 16th (1:00), for a dual match-up against Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.
The next local invitational will be hosted by Davenport University from November 19 to November 21 in Grand Rapids. This will be Aquinas’ next chance at a rematch with the rival school.
Let’s go Saints!